Shelley holds a BS in Biology, an MS in Analytical Chemistry and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She joins W.O.L.F. after starting multiple Biotech companies. For over 25 years she has been intimately involved with the rescue, sanctuary and rehabilitation of both shelter and wildlife animals namely canids, felines and birds of prey. Shelley has been involved with W.O.L.F. since her move to Colorado in 2010. If she finds any down time she can be spotted enjoying the company of her five shelter dogs.
Fundraising & Development Director
Jessica has been an active wolf advocate since the early 90s. Her family claims she was cutting out newspaper clippings of the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone and hanging it on her refrigerator since the age of 10. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Education, Jessica has over 10 years experience in developing strategic marketing campaigns creating international processes for Fortune 500 businesses.
Jessica spends her free time traveling with her family, including baby Druid named after Yellowstone’s Druid Peak Pack, and educating others on wolf conservation and ethical tourism.
Kendra began volunteering at W.O.L.F. in the fall of 2018, shortly after completing her PhD in astrophysics. She knew that, as fascinating as astrophysics is, her heart lay with helping animals – in the wild or in captivity. She plans to make a new career in the wildlife field and what better way to start than with W.O.L.F.! She enjoys the multifaceted nature of working with W.O.L.F. and getting to know all the quirky personalities of the residents. In her time off, she enjoys everything outdoors and traveling to new and exciting places.
Olivia Van Vleet
Olivia started out as an intern with WOLF after earning a degree in Wildlife Biology from CSU. She has always been a lover of animals and science. After working with various wildlife such as prairie dogs, raptors, songbirds, black-footed ferrets, ungulates, etc., she feels she has finally found her calling working with the wolves. Olivia was very excited to join the WOLF team the summer of 2019. She loves spending her time in the outdoors, experiencing all Colorado has to offer. She enjoys camping, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, trail running, and anything that gets her away from the city and closer to the plants and wildlife that surround us.
Rescue Coordinator & Volunteer
Susan is an attorney and has been an active volunteer at W.O.L.F. since 2009. She has devoted her life to supporting and working with animal welfare and rescue organizations. She enjoys being a part of the rescue process. She shares her home with two rescue dogs with varying special needs. Susan’s hobbies include gardening, ballet, basketball, and books. She also uses her free time to teach her dogs a variety of silly tricks!
Jillian began volunteering with W.O.L.F. in October of 2017. She has volunteered at several other animal rescue organizations in Northern Colorado, but she has found W.O.L.F. to be the most fulfilling and challenging. She enjoys connecting with the sanctuary residents and looks forward to furthering her role in the organization as a staff member in addition to continuing to volunteer.
Director of Animal Care & Educational Programs
Michelle started volunteering with W.O.L.F. in 2005 and was hired on as staff after her graduation from Colorado State University, with a BS in Zoology, in 2008. She enjoys all aspects of animal care with a special interest in the rehabilitation aspects of W.O.L.F.’s rescues. As a Colorado native Michelle savors anything outdoors, and can usually be found with her eye pressed against the lens of a camera.
Valerie Johnson, DVM, MS
Dr. Johnson is a post-DVM fellow in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at CSU. Her work is investigating the antimicrobial properties of activated mesenchymal stem cells and how they induce bacterial killing and enhance antibiotic activity in treatment of chronic infections. Dr. Johnson has worked for years to provide quality veterinary care for a wide variety of wild animals and is excited to be an integral part of the W.O.L.F. team.
Facilities / Operations Manager & Video Productions
Bob joined the W.O.L.F. team in 2012 after the High Park Fire. Believing in the “Red Green Show” philosophy that if people don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy, Bob fills the role of the “Jack of all Trades” handyman. Bob has a degree in wildlife biology and finds working at W.O.L.F. a rewarding and satisfying change of pace. Originally from Michigan, Bob likes outdoor activities and Murphy, a mastiff with the appetite of a wolf.
Zack started volunteering with W.O.L.F. in the summer of 2016. Originally from the southwest corner of Colorado, Zack has been intrigued by wolves from a very young age and has greatly enjoyed the unique challenges W.O.L.F. has presented to him. Zack is majoring in wildlife biology and is loving getting to know the world of W.O.L.F.
I studied cultural anthropology but after a semester of reading Jared Diamond and Margaret Mead, I decided I wanted to experience other cultures first hand. I made the decision to work and travel abroad in order to gain that experience. In my travels I was often drawn to wildlife shelters, and reserves. I worked with sea turtles in the Philippines, at an orangutan rehabilitation center in Borneo, and a tiger sanctuary in Thailand. I traveled to Tunisia and worked in a private dog shelter for several months. Conditions for these animals in other parts of the world were often heartbreaking. However, I was amazed to see how much the animals could benefit from the work of just a few compassionate people. Eventually I returned to the U.S. and moved to Colorado where I started volunteering at W.O.L.F. In the summer of 2018, I was hired as staff member working in facilities maintenance.
Events Assistant & Volunteer
Social Media Coordinator & Volunteer
Education & Rescue Specialist & Volunteer
Netsuite Assistant & Volunteer
Board of Directors
Jeff Bauer joined the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors in 2018. He has been a financial advisor with AIG VALIC in Ft. Collins for over 20 years. Jeff has a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Conservation Biology. He has been an animal advocate for many years, helping to drive dogs who are on the euthanasia list in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma to safety. His two teenage sons often accompany him on his rescue trips for Found Nation Animal Rescue. Jeff is a former youth rugby and soccer coach and his hobbies include rock climbing, mountaineering, cooking and supporting other rescue friends in their endeavors. Jeff and his wife Jennifer live in Ft. Collins with their two sons.
Dr. Bright has been a member of the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors since 2014. He has been a veterinary surgeon for many of W.O.L.F.’s animals since 2004. In 2013 he helped initiate an annual field examination program for each animal at the Sanctuary.
Dr. Bright graduated from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and specialized in small animal surgery. He served as a member of the Board of Regents and President of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Bright was a professor at several prestigious universities over the years, including Purdue, University of Florida and the University of Tennessee. He has published over 150 articles, more than 27 chapters in 10 veterinary textbooks, and has given over 150 lectures both nationally and internationally.
Shelley Coldiron has been the Executive Director of W.O.L.F. Sanctuary since July 2012. She has served on the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors since late 2011. Dr. Coldiron has B.S. and Master’s degrees from Wright State University. She received her Ph.D. in 1993 in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University where she also taught analytical chemistry. She has been the CEO and President of several nanotechnology companies and is an expert in developing commercial applications for university-developed technologies. She has published numerous scientific articles and holds several patents in chemistry, devices and nanotechnology.
Dr. Coldiron has been active in animal welfare and rescue for over 35 years in Ohio, Iowa, Utah, and Colorado. She shares her home with six rescued dogs.
Pete Dauster joined the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors in 2018. He has been practicing law in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2007 with a broad based civil practice. Prior to moving to Fort Collins, Pete practiced law in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee. Pete is also licensed to practice law in Wyoming.
Pete graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in Administrative Management in 1985 and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University in 1989. In 2011 Pete completed the 40-Hour Mediation Training course through the Colorado Bar Association.
Pete is a member of the Larimer County Bar Association, where he is a former member of the executive board and the former President (2016-17). He is also a member of the Colorado and Wyoming Bar Associations.
Pete’s community service has included serving as legal counsel and former Board member (2010-2013) of Animal House, a Fort Collins no-kill dog rescue shelter. He currently a volunteer mediator for the City of Fort Collins’ community mediation program. Pete is the Guardian Angel for W.O.L.F.’s beautiful wolf dog Nysa.
Chris joined the W.O.L.F Board of Directors in 2019. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Business Administration focused in Finance & Real Estate, as well as a B.A. in Economics. During school Chris held positions with the Denver Broncos as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mountain Prairie Region. After graduation Chris worked in a non-profit center involved in education & outreach as the Assistant Director-Interim Director of the Everitt Real Estate Center at Colorado State University for five years. Chris will graduate with his Master of Business Administration in May of 2020.
Recently transitioning, Chris now works as a Market Analyst and Commercial Marketing Manager for LC Real Estate Group in Loveland whose mission is to “Mindfully Create Community”. In his free time Chris enjoys spending time with his two Saint Bernards (Champ & Percy), being in the outdoors. He enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, snowboarding, & fly fishing, and obtained his private pilot certificate several years ago. Chris is very excited to be a part of supporting the W.O.L.F. mission!
Fred Johnston is the Chairperson of the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors. He joined the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors in 2018. He has degrees from Colorado State University in Psychology and Animal Science. From 1975 to 1998 Fred was a successful restaurateur in Longmont, Ft. Collins and Boulder. He managed hundreds of employees and worked cooperatively with countless governmental regulatory agencies. In 2002, Fred and his wife formed Summit Real Estate and Marketing. They developed and sold subdivisions in Weld and Boulder counties. They has been active in the Red Feather Lakes community since 1976, and they opened a Summit office in RFL in 2010. Fred’s deep contacts and excellent reputation n the Red Feather Lakes community will help W.O.L.F. make the transition to our new home in the RFL area. Fred is the Guardian Angel for W.O.L.F.’s beloved Nashoba.
Mike Thompson has been a W.O.L.F. Board member since 2013 and recently completed his term as Chairman of the Board. Mike served in an executive management capacity at IBM for over 30 years. He is an expert in IT systems and software integration as well as strategic planning and business development.
For over 10 years, Mike has served as the Chairman and President of the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, which provides fire, medical and first responder services for over 110 square miles of Larimer County. He helped lead the fire department during the devastating 2012 High Park Fire and the historic flood of 2013.
Claudia Whitcomb has been a member of the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors since 2014 and currently serves as Treasurer. She is a Colorado State University alumna and co-owner of the accounting firm Dye & Whitcomb. Ms. Whitcomb has over 20 years of experience in private and public accounting, specializing in taxation and financial accounting for non-profits, including serving a number of animal welfare agencies.
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